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Our Practitioners

John Rufty Carolina Amputee

John L. Rufty Jr., President and CEO

John L. Rufty Jr., President and CEO of Carolina Amputee and Orthotic Center, began his journey of Prosthetics and Orthotics at Appalachian State University, where he received a Bachelors of Science in 1990. He then continued his education in the highly competitive Prosthetic and Orthotic program at Northwestern University in Chicago.

After receiving his certificate to practice, he served as the Director of Prosthetics and Orthotics at Tom’s Rehab Hospital for approximately one year before starting Carolina Amputee and Orthotic Center. As John and his business grew from the initial stages of fabricating in his garage, he moved to an office in Conover. Today Carolina Amputee and Orthotic Center serves patients in its main office in Hickory as well as offices in Statesville and Valdese.

Kenneth Stephens Carolina Amputee

Kenneth Stephens

Kenneth started at Carolina Amputee in 1996, first as a patient. In 2003, Kenneth started working as a technician at Carolina Amputee and earned his certification as a Prosthetic Assistant through the American Board for Certification. He quickly adapted to the skill of modifying sockets and custom orthotics. Kenneth now manages the majority of Prosthesis fabrication in the Onsite Lab and our Mobile Lab services.  He recently celebrated his 20th year anniversary at Carolina Amputee.

Kenneth most enjoys working with all of his patients. Being an amputee himself, he understands the challenges his patients face. In his spare time, he is racing motorcycles and coordinating motorcycle races as well as spending time with his growing family.


Carolina Amputee and Orthotic Center


Hickory, NC - Main Office
Statesville, NC
Valdese, NC

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